Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney
Date Read: October 2012
An impassioned, harrowing and ultimately hopeful story of one woman's pursuit of justice, forgiveness and healing.
When Shannon Moroney married in October of 2005, she had no idea that her happy life as a newlywed was about to come crashing down around her. One month after her wedding, a police officer arrived at her door to tell her that her husband, Jason, had been arrested and charged in the brutal assault and kidnapping of two women. In the aftermath of these crimes, Shannon dealt with a heavy burden of grief, the stress and publicity of a major criminal investigation, and the painful stigma of guilt-by-association, all while attempting to understand what had made Jason turn to such violence.
In this intimate and gripping journey into prisons, courtrooms and the human heart, Shannon reveals the far-reaching impact of Jason's crimes, the agonizing choices faced by the loved ones of offenders and the implicit dangers of a correctional system and a society that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation, and victimhood over recovery.
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Read on October 11, 2012
Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating 3.50
First Thought when Finished: NonFiction is such a hard thing to review because it is so personal. Through the Glass is one of those stories that needs to be read but won’t be easy.
What I Thought of the “Story”: Through the Glass is the story of a woman who finds out that her husband has committed a horrific crime. This is not his first offence but no one in the system saw it coming. It is about her journey as a victim, wife, activist, and daughter through the ordeal. I think much of the story shines a light on things that need to be taken into consideration when we hear stories of horrible things happening. The victims are not always just the obvious ones. How the system handles the other parties involved is often as bad as them being the perps themselves. Through the Glass did a terrific job of shining a light on that.
What I Thought of Shannon: Shannon herself did not come across too sympathetic in Through the Glass almost from the beginning. Her incessant need to know who the victims were. Crossing people off her “golden circle” list because they didn’t tell her was “off-putting” to say the least. Her thoughts over the baby that she might have lost were a little over-played. I did feel that she had some very bad things happen to her and there should be more of a system in place for the spouses/family of the perp. They are not responsible in most cases for the actions of the one person and should not be held accountable.
Last thought: Through the Glass was a very interesting look at the victims of association and their struggle to move forward.